Betting on today's Golden Panthers and Gamecocks game? Catch the action at Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, AL, as the Gamecocks hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 137.5 points, and the Gamecocks are favored to win at home against the Golden Panthers.

FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS VS JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +6

This game will be played at Pete Mathews Coliseum at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Even though we have Jacksonville State winning straight-up, we like FIU at +6.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Golden Panthers Lock in a Road Win?

Heading into today's matchup, FIU is the underdog, as they have a record of 5-10 and are 0-4 on the road this season. In their last game, the Golden Panthers faced off against Maine and came away with an 82-74 victory.

So far this season, FIU has been the underdog in five games and have yet to win as the underdog. Over their last 10 road games, the Golden Panthers are just 2-8.

FIU has an ATS record of 6-7 this season and they are 3-2 vs. the spread as the underdog. On the road, their ATS mark is 2-2 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5.

FIU's over/under record for the season is 7-6 and today's over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (150.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 163 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

Coming off a good offensive performance, FIU's offense scored 82 points against Maine. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50.8%, and they went 14/21 from the free-throw line. Arturo Dean is leading the team in scoring at 12.8 points per contest. Javaunte Hawkins has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.6 going into the game.

At present, the Golden Panthers' defense is nationally ranked 246th, allowing 77.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, FIU's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.8% this season.

Is a Home Win Possible for Jacksonville State?

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks come into today's game as the favored team, with a point spread of -6. So far this season, they have an overall record of 8-7 and have won their last two games.

In their last game, the Gamecocks faced off against Little Rock and won by a score of 90-60. Over their last ten games at home, Jacksonville State has gone 6-4, and this season, they are 3-3 when playing at home.

As the favorite this season, Jacksonville State has gone just 3-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gamecocks are 6-4 ATS. At home this year, they have an ATS mark of just 2-4.

Today's over/under line of 137.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Jacksonville State's games this year (136.5). So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points, and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 2-6.

Jacksonville State's offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Little Rock, finishing the game with a total of 90 points. Their season average is now 72.6 points per game. Kyky Tandy is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.4 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Quincy Clark brings a PPG average of 8.9 into the game.

Currently, the Gamecocks' defense holds the 16th rank in the nation, allowing 62.4 points per game. Against Little Rock in their most recent game, the Jacksonville State defense gave up a total of 60 points while allowing Little Rock to hit 28% of their shots.